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Faculty Profile

College of Integrative Studies

Darlene Machell ESPENA

Full-time Faculty
Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies (Education); Course Coordinator for Big Questions; Associate Fellow, Prinsep Street Residences


  • PhD in History, Nanyang Technological University, 2017
  • MSc in Asian Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 2012
  • BA in Social Sciences (Major in Area Studies), University of the Philippines Manila, 2006

Research Interests

  • Southeast Asian Cultural History
  • Dance and Film in Cold War in Southeast Asia
  • Memory, Film, and Politics in Transnational Asia
  • Film, Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, and Education

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Big Questions
  • Scratches on their Minds: Images of Asia in Hollywood
  • Cultural History of the Cold War: Battle for Hearts and Minds
  • Screening Asia: History, Society and Politics in Film
  • Special Topics in Political Science: International Relations of Asia on Film
  • Film in Southeast Asia